Tree Trail

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Introduction

History and heritage
Family friendly
dog: Dog friendly
City centre
Shorter walk
Nature
Wheelchair Accessible

Immerse yourself in the nature of Winchester..

Winchester is home to an abundance of trees. Immerse yourself in the nature of this city and learn more about these fascinating trees.

Steps

1
115
feet

Winchester Cathedral - Yew trees

Begin the walk in front of the cathedral doors facing the war memorial; directly behind are two rows of Yew trees.

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2
347
feet

Common and Copper Beech tree's

Continue forward up the memorial steps, at the end of the path turn right, as you progress on your left you will find the Common Beech tree and the Copper Beech tree standing side by side.

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3
274
feet

Small Leaf Lime tree

Continue forward. At the paths junction, you can view two lines of lime trees to the left, a path known as Lime tree alley. Turn right and walk towards the statue of the rifleman. Continue along the path and turn left after the statue. Then bear right following the railings until the path splits. Be careful of uneven ground. Looking left to the far corner of the small green, near the pedestrian entrance to the cathedral; you will see a tall Small Leaf Lime tree.

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4
0.1
miles

Foxglove tree

Follow the path right towards the Mercure Wessex Hotel and on your left at the back of the hotel, in the small parking area, you can see a Foxglove tree, the second tree in.

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Common Holly tree

Continue along the path with the hotel on your left. Turn right when you reach the main hotel car park and continue until you reach the end of the railings, in front of you is a Common Holly
tree.

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6
140
feet

Sweet Gum tree

Turn around and walk back along the pavement in front of the Mercure Wessex Hotel. Be careful of the kerb. Turn right, crossing Market Road, and at the end of the road turn left. Follow Colebrook Street to the crossing by the Broadway, turn right and cross the road. Walk past the visitor information centre and continue past Winchester Guildhall. Turn right into Abbey Gardens through the gates and continue along the path with Abbey House on your left. Keep to the right hand path along to Abbey Mill. On the corner of the main green area you will see a Sweet Gum tree.

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7
93
feet

Common Alder and Swamp Cypress trees

Follow the path running parallel to the river. Opposite the path joining on the left, on your right, you will see a Common Alder and slightly further on a Swamp Cypress.

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8
364
feet

Handkerchief tree

On your left in the middle of the green area, you will see a Handkerchief tree.

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9
228
feet

Judas tree

Follow this path around to exit Abbey Gardens onto the Broadway; then turn right. Follow the path up to the bridge, be careful of the road crossing on Colebrook Street. Once at the bridge look over the road to the National Trust’s City Mill and the Judas tree just outside.

If you wish to see the Judas tree up closer then please follow the path back to the Broadway and use the zebra crossings to cross the road over to the City Mill.

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10
430
feet

Swedish White Beam tree and Norway Maple tree.

Turn right before the bridge onto the path that runs alongside the River Itchen. As you follow the river on your right you will see a Swedish White Beam tree and slightly further up a Norway Maple tree.

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11
379
feet

Dawyck Beech tree

Continue along the path until it splits, keep right and on your left, you will see a Dawyck Beech tree.

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12
140
feet

Maidenhair tree and Dawn Redwood tree

Continue along the path until you reach the joining path on the left, here you will see a Maidenhair tree. Looking through the trees from this point you will see a Dawn Redwood tree.

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13
240
feet

Weeping Willow tree

Return back to the path and continue along until you see a Weeping Willow tree on your left.

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14
0.1
miles

Japanese Cedar tree, London Plane tree and Sycamore tree

Follow the path around the corner. Continue on the left side to see a Japanese Cedar tree on your right.

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15
0.2
miles

Golden Rain tree and Indian Bean tree

Follow along the path until you reach the junction of College Walk and College Street. Cross the road and continue along College Street walking past Winchester College on your left until you reach the gardens opposite the Headmaster’s House (and the house where Jane Austen spent her final days, please note this is now a private residence). In the garden on your right, you will see two trees, a Golden Rain tree and an Indian Bean tree.

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16
227
feet

Bull Bay tree, Tulip tree and Turkey Oak tree

Continue along College Street until you reach Kingsgate Street, cross the road and turn right walking through Kingsgate. Turn right and walk through Prior’s Gate towards the cathedral. Continue along the path to your left until you reach the Cathedral Close be careful of uneven ground and the Deanery. On the grassed area to your right are a Bull Bay tree, a Tulip tree and a Turkey Oak tree.

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17

Walnut tree

Sticking to the path cross the road and walk past the Deanery towards the cathedral, please be aware at this point there is no path and you will need to walk along the road – please be careful as cars will be using this area. Be aware that at Christmas this area can become very busy due to Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. Follow the road bending to the right and on your left, you will see a Walnut tree.

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